Friday, January 11, 2013

Penner's Spotlight - Patti Shene - US - NYC

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Penner: Patti Shene of Colorado
(originally from New York)

Location: New York City, New York
United States
For a girl who grew up a mere fifty miles out of New York City, I only visited the metropolis a couple of times during my childhood. When our son and daughter-in-law took up residence in the Bronx, my daughter, granddaughter, and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to experience one of the largest cities in the world first hand.
In NYC's Union Square with my daughter and granddaughter
We covered a lot of ground in three days, from the magnificent panorama of city lights viewed from the top of the Empire State Building at night to the green grass of Central Park overshadowed by tall buildings that towered above us.

We browsed through Union Square, perusing the many wares sold there, from foods to crafts. We joined other tourists in a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and stood next to the mammoth Wall Street bull. Of course, we had to eat in Chinatown and visit the M&M store!

On the Staten Island Ferry with the Statue of Liberty behind me
We observed the Statue of Liberty quite clearly as we took the five mile, twenty-five minute ride on the Staten Island ferry. Did you know that approximately 60,000 passengers make this short water voyage daily?  The nine vessels in the fleet make 109 trips daily during the week.
In stark contrast was the site of Ground Zero, where evil men spit in the face of all that Lady Liberty stands for one September day almost a decade before. Still, the bronzed wall commemorating firefighters and rescue personnel, along with the construction site where the  9-11 memorial now stands, symbolized hope for the future of our country, even in the face of adversity.

A view from Central Park
I believed New Yorkers to be rude and impersonal, but whenever we entered the subway, someone stood to offer me one of the limited seats when they saw this old lady limping after miles of walking.

Did you have a unique experience in NYC? Have you taken a memorable trip with a relative? We'd love to hear about it. Please join the travel discussion below in the comment section.

Patti Shene is a retired RN, formerly from Long Island, who has resided in Colorado for the past forty years. She serves as Division Manager for YA and Children’s Imprints with Written World Communications (WWC).
She also edits Starsongs, a publication of WWC written for kids by kids. Patti’s son and daughter-in-law, infected with the travel bug, have moved on and now make their home in the UK.
Visit Patti’s three blogs at her website ( and leave a comment to let her know you stopped by!

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  1. Morgan, thanks so much for hosting me on Pens on a World Map. It was fun to relive memories of my trip to NYC!

    1. No problem, Patti! Thanks for posting! I enjoyed your story.